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Report: NM’s Per-Pupil K-12 Funding Remains Much Lower

on October 20, 2014 - 2:38pm

NMVC News:

ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico is still spending 8 percent less per pupil on K-12 education than before the recession.

That translates to $633 less being spent per student than funding levels in 2008, when adjusted for inflation. That’s according to a report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a non-partisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C.

“A well-educated workforce fosters economic growth,” said Executive Director Veronica C. García of New Mexico Voices for Children, which works closely with CBPP.

OBITUARY: Roland Arthur Jalbert Oct. 19, 2014

on October 20, 2014 - 2:30pm


Roland Arthur Jalbert, 90, a longtime resident of Los Alamos, passed away peacefully at home from a broken heart early Sunday morning following the death of his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth, who died October 9.

He is survived by their children and their spouses and grandchildren, Marc Jalbert, (Darby and Maddy) from Longmont Colorado; Louis and Dawn Jalbert (Elyse and Amanda) from Los Alamos; Marie-Louise Jalbert Hadden and Blaine Hadden from El Rito; and Christophe and Connie Jalbert (Connor) of Seattle, Washington.



LAHS Hosts Annual Invitational Cross Country Friday

on October 20, 2014 - 2:29pm


Los Alamos High School will host its annual Invitational Cross Country meet Friday, Oct. 24, at the Los Alamos Golf Course. 

The meet is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and end around 5:30 p.m. Participants and spectators will arrive as early as 1 p.m.

Be advised that traffic in the area will be heavy during this time. Parking for this event is not permitted on Diamond Drive. If attending the event, please follow signs for parking.


NMAA Selects Its First Monthly 'Compete With Class' Honoree

on October 20, 2014 - 1:01pm

NMAA News:

ALBUQUERQUE—The New Mexico Activities Association is proud to announce that the Des Moines High School Volleyball team has been recognized as the Compete with Class award recipient for the month of September.

The team came together to raise $215 for a fellow volleyball player from Colorado who was diagnosed with Leukemia two weeks prior to their match. The girls baked several cakes and raised money to donate to the opposing student’s medical fund.

Sportsmanship is defined by the NMAA as the act of treating others in a respectful manner, taking personal accountability for ones


NMCD Secretary Gregg Marcantel Orders Statewide Lockdown

on October 20, 2014 - 12:47pm

NMCD News:

New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel has ordered a statewide lockdown of all 11 prison facilities as part of a periodic review to ensure safety and security.

During this time, officers and staff will review procedures, search and clear every housing unit, cell and inmate, and take account of the current condition of the facilities. Operations like this are vital to not only ensuring the safety of our staff and other inmates, but also promote the pro-social prison environments necessary for reducing recidivism.

Tuesday's Lunch with a Leader Features Los Alamos Daily Post Lifestyles Editor Bonnie Gordon

on October 20, 2014 - 11:24am
Bonnie J. Gordon
LWV News:

The League of Women Voters' monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader, will feature Lifestyles Editor Bonnie J. Gordon of the Los Alamos Daily Post at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday Oct. 21 at Mesa Public Library.

Gordon joined the Los Alamos Daily Post staff in January 2013 and primarily covers lifestyles, arts and education.


School Board Will Hold Work Session Thursday

on October 20, 2014 - 10:56am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Work Session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at Los Alamos Middle School in the West Commons, Room 165.

The agenda includes

  • Summer School Report
  • Food Service RFP
  • Committee Reports
  • Employee Assistance Program status
  • Policy Review
  • Middle School Report



Letter to the Editor: Comcast Literally Out-Of-Touch With Local Customers

on October 20, 2014 - 10:55am

White Rock

I agree that Comcast is literally out-of-touch with its customers in Los Alamos/White Rock.

Using all the phone number accessible in the phone directory and on-line, I have not had successful contact with a real Comcast person. Best response has been a recording that says to come to the Santa Fe Comcast office during regular business hours. 

Recently I needed a replacement remote control. After repeated unsuccessful attempts to contact Comcast, I resorted to chasing-down a Comcast service van in my neighborhood and obtained one from the technician.


'Celebrate Safe Driving' Enters Final Week!

on October 20, 2014 - 10:45am

The Band Perry. Courtesy photo


Today marks the last week of State Farm’s promotion of safe driving. Please take a minute to support Los Alamos High School by pledging your support for safe driving and voting for our local high school to receive huge prizes from State Farm – ranging from $25,000 all the way to a free concert from The Band Perry. 

Thank you already for your support – as of our last update Los Alamos High School was ranked #2 in New Mexico.

Let’s stay faithful during this marathon of voting and push our students to the top seat in the country!

Vote Now:

White Rock Brownie Troop Visits Alpaca Ranch

on October 20, 2014 - 9:40am
Brownie Troop 10357 from White Rock visited Oct. 15 with the animals. Photos by Mickey Alden Wright
This curious Tique is about four months old. Photos by Mickey Alden Wright
Jemez Daily Post

Thompson Ridge is a Jemez Mountain community, and home to Aspen Ridge Alpacas owned by Mickey Wright and Evelyn Simons. On Oct. 15, Brownie Troop 10357 from White Rock visited with the animals at the ranch. Troop Leader Leeann Foster said the girls had a great time. They even helped herd the alpacas, using the popular human-chain method.

The public can visit with the alpacas


Letter to the Editor: We Actually Get To Vote FOR Someone And Not AGAINST The Other

on October 20, 2014 - 8:35am
White Rock

I have some thoughts about the upcoming election I wanted to share with my neighbors here in Los Alamos.

Specifically, I will talk about the race for New Mexico House District 43 between Stephanie Garcia Richard and Geoff Rodgers. I won’t tell you who to vote for, or even who I will vote for, because, as an old New Englander, I really don’t think it is any of your business.

However, I do have thoughts I would like to share.

I know both candidates. I have spoken multiple times with both candidates. I like both candidates. I respect both candidates.

DNCU Presents Art Of Filmmaker Lester Berman

on October 20, 2014 - 8:31am

Art of Filmmaker Lester Berman. Courtesy/DNCU

DNCU News:

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, is proud to announce a partnership with Canyon Road Contemporary Art, bringing a new installation to the DNCU Cordova  branch.

Art of Filmmaker Lester Berman. Courtesy/DNCU

The exhibit features works by Lester Berman, a contemporary, abstract artist whose exuberant works feature vivid colors and playful composition.

DNCU is pleased to showcase Berman’s works at the Cordova branch under the DNCU North Star Artist program, launched in

Letter to the Editor: Another White Rock Resident Thoroughly Disgusted With Comcast Service

on October 20, 2014 - 8:01am
White Rock

Mr. Kyrala and Ms. Mylet:

Thank you for your thoughtful and very accurate letter regarding Comcast in White Rock. I, too, am a White Rock resident who is thoroughly disgusted with the service that Comcast has exhibited in the last few months.

I am toying with a decision to go back to CenturyLink, not particularly because I like their service, but rather because their service in the past has at least been consistent.


Hail Spotted On The Campaign Trail Along N.M. 4

on October 20, 2014 - 7:31am

Hail was spotted on N.M. 4 Sunday afternoon near the Valles Caldera by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard as she was traveling on the campaign trail around the area. Photo by Stephanie Garcia Richard

Dogs Doze In The Afternoon Sun

on October 20, 2014 - 7:30am

A pair of large dogs doze in the afternoon sun in the bed of a pickup parked Saturday in Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Democrats Rally At Pond / March To Municipal Building For Early Voting

on October 19, 2014 - 6:04pm

Los Alamos County Democratic Party Chair Robyn Schultz, left, introduces candidates Paul Martinez for Municipal Judge, Christine Chandler for Probate Judge, David Izraelevitz for County Council, Mary Susan O'Leary for County Council, Marco Lucero for Sheriff, Stephanie Garcia Richard for House Dist. 43 and Karyl Ann Armbruster for Public Education Commission. The group attended Saturday's rally at Ashley Pond to kick off the start of early voting followed by a march to cast their ballots for the 2014 General Election at the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Letter to the Editor: Charter Chapter V - Utilities - A Reality Check

on October 19, 2014 - 5:26pm
County Councilor

Several former members of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) fear that the rewritten Charter Chapter V will result in Council imposing hidden taxes and wildly increased utility rates, transferring Utility revenues to the County general fund, overturning BPU membership for political reasons, and unilateral control of BPU operations.

The current Chapter was passed in 1968 to ensure that these things could not happen, and indeed they have not, as trumpeted by those opposing the rewritten Chapter.

Pet of the Week: Gandalf The White Cat

on October 19, 2014 - 4:38pm

Gandalf the white cat. Courtesy/FOS


If you remember the white cat whose owner we were looking for a couple of weeks ago, here he is with a remake. We named him Gandalf. The county and Friends of the Shelter collaborated to take care of any outstanding veterinary issues.

This is now a plush, contented cat of about nine years. Gandalf is polite and friendly with adults and very gentle children. He seems to tolerate the gentle, respectful cats in the cat room. He has yet to share with us his opinion about dogs.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a

Pajarito Astronomers Holds Dark Night Oct. 25

on October 19, 2014 - 4:32pm


The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 6:30 p.m. or sunset, Saturday, Oct. 25 at Spirio Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. The planets Mars, Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will be visible. There will be a tour of the fall constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Letter to the Editor: Lest We Forget

on October 19, 2014 - 4:09pm
Los Alamos

When my grandparents arrived sometime after the folks here at Los Alamos ended the Second World War, I’m sure the last thing on their minds was to live their lives by mathematical terms. They came here to carry on the mission to keep the United States of America safe from those wanting to take our freedoms away. I am proud of that.

As a third generation Los Alamos native, I have seen many changes to my hometown through the years. Some good, some bad and some that are downright mystifying.

I stayed here because Los Alamos was a great place to play, raise a


Two of Historical Museum’s Longest Serving Volunteers Retire; New Volunteers Needed

on October 19, 2014 - 4:08pm

Ann Beyer and Ruth Sherman at their retirement party Wednesday shared stories about their time as volunteers for the Los Alamos Historical Museum. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

With grateful yet sad hearts, the volunteers, staff and board members of the Los Alamos Historical Society bid farewell Wednesday to two of the Historical Museum’s longest serving volunteers, Ann Beyer and Ruth Sherman.

“Ann and Ruth have been true stalwarts,” said Kathy Ankeny, Museum Shop manager for the Historical Society.


Letter to the Editor: Correcting Statements From Writers Opposed To Article V Charter Amendment

on October 19, 2014 - 3:10pm

CRC-2 Member

As a member of the most recent Utilities Charter Review Committee (CRC-2), I would like to correct some of the statements made by letter writers in opposition to passing the revised Article V Charter amendment that appears as Question 2 on the November ballot.

First, our Committee was NOT charged with determining whether or not DPU was run well, and nothing in the proposed revisions mandates any changes in how DPU operates. We were only asked by Council to address three major issues of concern:

  • that current Article V gives the Board the authority to run DPU,

Support Effort Encouraging Teens To Drive Safely - Vote Again

on October 19, 2014 - 2:59pm

The Band Perry/Courtesy photo


Please support the effort to encourage our teens to drive safely. This online effort reinforces safe driving and rewards the kids with a possible visit and concert by The Band Perry.

Don't know who the Band Perry is? Watch a few music videos on You tube (sorry, there's a commercial at the start)

Partnering with our students begins today to bring The Band Perry to Los Alamos and it's very simple:

United Way Thermometer Is On The Rise

on October 19, 2014 - 2:48pm
United Way Campaign Co-chairs Pat Soran and Ann Hayes joined Executive Director Kristy Ortega in raising the United Way thermometer Oct. 9 to just under 25 percent of what local nonprofit​s are asking for. 'We are humbled by all of the early support so far,' Ortega said.

Letter to the Editor: Public Vote On Charter Amendment 2 Should Focus On Who Bears Ultimate Responsibility, Accountability

on October 19, 2014 - 2:14pm
Former member of the Utilities Board.
Member CRC-1
Since the Oct. 14 letter to the Los Alamos Daily Post and Monitor from Morris Pongratz mentioned my name, I feel it is appropriate to comment.

First I have already voted YES, and encourage others to vote YES.

I believe that the proposed Charter Amendment is far from perfect. I would have worded some parts differently. But it is an improvement over the existing Charter.